Assistant General Counsel - GENERALIST - 24420BR

Assistant General Counsel - GENERALIST

General Counsel
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment: 
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Assistant General Counsel position (GENERALIST) is a full-time, unclassified professional staff appointment. Incumbent will report to the General Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs for the University of Kansas. The Assistant General Counsel position is integrated into the University of Kansas and will provide legal services to clients across the Lawrence and Medical Center campuses.

If you are looking for a rewarding and dynamic career, look no further than the University of Kansas. In addition to a competitive salary, KU offers great benefits to employees with up to 176 hours of paid vacation per year, 96 hours of sick leave earned per year, 9 paid holidays plus one discretionary day, a great retirement program, medical and dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options and state of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors. KU also offers employees educational opportunities for employees. KU is a great place to work!

About Lawrence, KS

The University of Kansas is located in Lawrence, a community of about 95,000. Only 35 miles west of Kansas City and 20 miles east of Topeka, you will never be far from barbecue, jazz, museum culture, and more. Lawrence has a lively downtown and a thriving arts and music scene, and its local government has enacted ordinances supporting equality for all members of its population. Lawrence locals covet the numerous sports and recreational opportunities, local shops, and a wide range of locally-owned restaurants.

Job Description

60% General Legal Advisement

  • Directs client engagement, comprehensive legal services and advising on a wide variety of legal issues serving all departments and units of the University, in coordination with other attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel.
  • Engages in matters of employment and faculty rights, tenure, Title IX, student conduct matters, residency appeals, construction, real estate, finance, business transactions, intellectual property and university compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Advises leadership, faculty and staff on a wide variety of matters arising from the operations of the University of Kansas and its controlled affiliates.

20% Policy Review & Interpretation

  • Reviews and interprets policies relating to University operations, faculty and staff:
    • Sponsored research and related funding and compliance requirements; ownership and enforcement of copyrights, trademarks and patents; legal issues relating to the arts, online education, internet and social media, and library operations.

20% Other duties as assigned

  • Works with internal and outside counsel.
  • Serves on committees as needed.
  • Attends conference as needed.
  • Participates in professional development opportunities.

Position Requirements

  1. This position is hybrid. Incumbent works on-site and remote based on a set schedule.
  2. Occasional travel to other campus locations.

Required Qualifications

  1. J.D. from an accredited American law school and membership in the Kansas bar or temporary Kansas license and Kansas bar admission within one year.
  2. Minimum of three (3) years active practice experience after bar admission.
  3. Excellent oral and written communication skills as demonstrated by application materials and interview process.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience managing multiple, complex, time-sensitive assignments simultaneously with a high degree of organization and effectiveness.
  2. Experience working with diverse populations.
  3. Experience solving complex problems.
  4. Experience working in a higher education setting.
  5. Experience with two or more areas of legal practice relevant to higher education, public service or corporate business.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete online application includes:
  1. Cover letter addressing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications.
  2. Resume.
  3. Contact information for three professional references (including at least one previous or current supervisor).
  4. Completion of the online application.
  • Application review begins Wednesday, March 1, 2023 and continues until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.

Contact Information to Applicants

Lori Haaga, 785-864-3276,

Advertised Salary Range

$100,000 - $130,000, final determination commensurate with experience

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8am – 5pm with occasional travel to other campus locations.

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Posting ID:
General Counsel
Primary Campus:
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment:
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
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